Pediatric Residency Curriculum

residents conference room table

While training at CHKD, your medical education will be augmented through a variety of didactic and case-oriented presentations as well as opportunites for research and scholarly projects. From hands-on workshops to interactive lectures, our clinical instructors utilize daily, weekly, and monthly activities plus a wide range of teaching tools to optimize learning for all residents.

Daily Activities

Morning Report

An interesting case is presented by the chief residents or ward teams and a dynamic interactive discussion ensues as residents are invited to ask questions and work through the case. Faculty members from all departments are present to contribute their clinical perspectives and highlight key teaching points.

Noon Conference

Residents enjoy a delicious catered lunch at these daily didactic conferences presented by our pediatric faculty.  Topics are selected according to the American Board of Pediatrics curriculum and subjectively grouped and tailored to enhance resident learning and board preparation.  

Management Rounds

An exciting daily conference exclusively for residents on the Night Team. After patient hand-offs are complete, night residents meet with faculty to discuss admissions, management decisions and learn from the experience of overnight patient care.


Weekly Activities

Intern Morning Report

Hosted by the Chief Residents, this conference is focused on the specific learning needs of our interns.  The Department Chair comes by monthly for case discussions and a variety of guest lecturers are invited to shed light on some of the more challenging clinical aspects of intern year.

Senior Board Review Series

A weekly conference with invited faculty members that parallels the PREP board curriculum.  Board-style questions are reviewed, test-taking strategies are discussed, and key learning points are emphasized.
Our three year first time board pass rate average is 86% with a pass-rate of 91% in 2014. 

Pediatric Grand Rounds

An institution-wide Thursday-morning conference presented by invited speakers. Guest lecturers from around the world as well as some of our own local experts present the latest in their fields. Grand Rounds is attended by community practitioners, hospital staff and residents.

Patient Centered Conference

An opportunity to learn from the patients themselves!  Patients and their families share their stories and unique physical exam findings in this Friday morning conference. Cases range from classic to very rare and the department staff are all in attendance to discuss, debate, and instruct.

Tuesday Team Conference

A small group lunch conference held weekly.  Residents meet with the faculty from their current rotation to discuss literature relevant to patients in their care.  The goal of these conferences is to empower residents to ask and answer clinical questions independently while teaching residents the importance of evidence based medicine.


Monthly Activities

Beyond Discharge

Throughout their inpatient wards month, residents are encouraged to follow up with their patients by telephone.  This unique conference is an opportunity for the members of the ward team to discuss the results of their follow-up phone calls, reflect on patient outcomes and collaborate on ways to improve delivery of care.

Scholarly Activity Series

Each resident is required to participate in a scholarly activity as part of his or her pediatric residency training (see Resident Research page).  This lecture series gives you the tools you need to participate and succeed in the scholarly pursuit of your choice.  This conference offers a platform to share the expertise of our foremost faculty researchers and to teach the “How To’s” of clinical research while fostering residents’ academic interests.  Topics addressed include everything from designing a study to choosing the right mentor and even gives the opportunity to share your research findings with your colleagues. Dowload the Resident Research Handbook.

Code Workshops

Resident teams work together in a small group setting to review code management and PALS guidelines.  Critical Care Attendings and other Emergency Department Faculty are present as residents practice their skills in IO placement, endotracheal intubation, and other emergent procedures.  Through the use of high-fidelity simulation maniquins, our goal for this workshop is to prepare our residents to act proficiently and confidently during code situations.

Journal Club

Each month, residents will utilize the PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) format to generate clinically based questions that they'll answer with a professional journal article of their choice.  Each resident will use their article along with faculty insights to generate a critically appraised topic (CAT) which will be presented at the monthly meeting.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference - Bimonthly

An opportunity to discuss and analyze the cases that result in morbidity or mortality.  These discussions are focused on improving delivery of care and have prompted significant systems-based changes to enable our hospital to provide optimal care to our patients.